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On the Day of the Surgery
Recovery: What to Expect in the Next Few Weeks Most children will fully recover in one to two weeks and can resume some normal activities.
Alternative Names Hernia repair; inguinal hernia surgery; groin hernia surgery
Question & Answer
What does the procedure involve?
The surgeons makes a few small incisions and runs a tube with a tiny camera on the end to the surgery site. This gives clear visualization of the surgical field and allows him to reinforce and repair the hernia site. The surgery is typically performed with the child receiving general anesthesia.
How many incisions are made?
Three to four tiny incisions are made around the site of the hernia.
How long is the hospital stay?
In most cases, patients are discharged the same day or only stay overnight in the hospital.
What is the recovery time?
Most patients are fully recovered within one week but should get advice from the surgeon as to when it is safe to lift, push or pull heavier objects.
What are the risks of waiting to have the hernia repaired?
While many hernias do not cause severe pain or discomfort, they can worsen over time or become inflamed, infected or trapped. When this happens, emergency surgery is required. Talk with your surgeon about when surgery is advised for your child. Often, there are non-invasive techniques that can be performed before surgery is considered.
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